A 28-year-old worldwide pupil injured in Monday’s shootings throughout the Better Toronto and Hamilton Space stays on life assist and isn’t anticipated to outlive, Halton Police Chief Steve Tanner advised reporters on Thursday.
The person was working at an auto physique store in Milton when he was shot. The proprietor of the store, Shakeel Ashraf, 38, was killed, whereas Toronto police Const. Andrew Hong, 48, was fatally shot about half an hour earlier in Mississauga. Two different victims had been additionally shot over the course of the afternoon and sustained numerous levels of accidents.
Police have recognized Sean Petrie, 40, because the suspect within the shootings. Petrie himself was later killed throughout an encounter with police in a Hamilton cemetery.
Tanner spoke to the media at a information convention alongside Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. Officers offered extra particulars in regards to the sequence of shootings that unfolded over a number of hours on Monday afternoon and appealed to the general public for details about Petrie.
Petrie had a protracted prison historical past that included convictions for assault, armed theft and different violent offenses, Duraiappah mentioned. In 2007 he was positioned on a nationwide registry as somebody with a excessive chance to reoffend in reference to an incident two years earlier.
He was estranged from his household, Duraiappah added, and was briefly employed on the auto store owned by Ashraf.
Petrie allegedly used a handgun within the shootings, which is now within the possession of Ontario’s police watchdog, the Particular Investigations Unit, as a part of their probe into his deadly interplay with police in a Hamilton cemetery.
Investigators are nonetheless attempting to piece collectively a transparent motive for the shootings, though they consider Hong — the primary of the victims to be shot — was focused as a result of he was a uniformed police officer.
Hong was inside a Tim Hortons location on Argentia Street in Mississauga on the time. He was in Peel for a joint coaching train and was on his lunch break. He had gone to get espresso for his colleagues when he was ambushed by Petrie and shot at shut vary at round 2:15 pm, Duraiappah mentioned.
Police mentioned he tried to disarm Hong earlier than capturing him. Hong was pronounced useless on the scene.
In line with investigators, Petrie had been on the espresso store for about two hours and quarter-hour beforehand. He arrived in a crimson Toyota Corolla with license plate CXMM 077 and parked in an adjoining lot earlier than coming into. The automobile was registered to Petrie, police mentioned. Investigators consider he had been residing within the car.
Petrie then stole one other car and shot the driving force. That sufferer is in steady situation in hospital, however suffered “life-altering” accidents, mentioned Duraiappah.
Petrie then drove to the Milton auto store, the place at round 2:50 pm he shot Ashraf and two workers — the worldwide pupil and a 43-year-old man who has since been launched from hospital.
Afterwards, Petrie made his approach to Hamilton, though the police mentioned they weren’t certain why. At round 4:30 pm, officers from Halton and Hamilton encountered him in a cemetery and Petrie was killed.
In her feedback to the media, Crombie pressured that workers of Tim Hortons and the auto store, in addition to civilians who witnessed the shootings, had been left deeply traumatized and mentioned assist providers can be found to them.
Funeral for officers to be held Wednesday
Toronto police say funeral providers for Hong can be held Sept. 21 at midday.
The funeral is just not open to the general public, however these wishing to pay their respects are invited to look at the procession because it travels from the Kane-Jarrett Funeral House on Yonge Road to the Toronto Congress Centre.
In the meantime, books of condolence are being made out there to permit the general public to pay respects to Hong.
Police say members of the general public who need to provide condolences to Hong’s household and colleagues can go to its headquarters and its visitors providers constructing, or share their ideas on its web site.
The service offered the next places and instances for the general public:
Visitors Providers, 9 Hanna Ave.: September 15 to Sept. 20 from 8 am to eight pm
TPS Headquarters, 40 School St.:
- September 15 and Sept. 16: 7 am to 9 pm
- September 17 and Sept. 18: 9 am to five pm
- September 19 and Sept. 20: 7 am to 9 pm
On-line at https://www.tps.ca/andrew-hong/
Police say they are going to announce particulars about Hong’s funeral afterward Thursday.
Hong was a 22-year veteran of the Toronto police power, having spent the previous 19 years with visitors providers the place he labored with a extremely specialised motorbike unit that gives safety escorts for dignitaries like prime ministers and presidents.